WHAT IS A GOD?
We have shown some of the incomprehensible ramblings of the Trinitarians. Another branch of Gnostic-related doctrine teaches that Jesus is one-half of a two-part god. It is a form of Dualism, with two equal parts as compared to three in the Trinity. Most of Judeo-Christianity bounces back and forth between Triunism and Dualism. Both concepts are pagan and pre-date Christ.
Before we can settle the question of who Jesus was, and is, we must first define some terms. Without defining terms we can’t be sure that we’re asking the right questions.
The first term we must define is the word "God." This old English word is from Anglo-Saxon origin. It means "that which is invoked"’ or "anyone or anything that is worshipped." "invoked" means "to be called upon, or praised."
The word "god" can apply to Israel’s Creator God: Yahweh. It can also fit any of the gods of other nations. In fact, it can fit anything, or any person, that’s called upon or prayed to.
In I Corinthians 8:5, we read, "there are many gods and many lords." The Greek word for "god", is "theos." "Theos" means deity: anything or anyone that’s esteemed and held above the people. Different cultures and different people have different deities that they call upon and worship. "Theos" is always rendered "god" in English. It’s used in the New Testament for any and all gods. When you read the word "theos" in the Greek New Testament, remember that the word comes from a language that was based on pagan usage as well as Christian. It can refer to a pagan god, or it can refer to Yahweh – depending upon the context.
In English, "god" is equally broad in scope to the Greek "theos." Therefore, it works well as an English translation of "theos." The words were applied the same in both cultures. Both cultures had various, multiple gods. The old Saxon gods, Thor and Odin, are examples of how it was applied by our European ancestors.
The Old Testament Hebrew word for "god" is "elohim." Again, the English "god" is an adequate translation if one understands its historical meaning. "Elohim" means mighty one, or mighty ones. It can be singular or plural. "Elohim" is used in the Old Testament to refer to the Creator, as well as to other gods. In other words, the Creator is called "elohim," and so are heathen gods such as Baal, Chemosh, Dagon and others. And what’s even more surprising is that "elohim" is also commonly used for judges and kings, as in Psalms 82:GOD standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods (elohim).
This body of "gods" refers to the judges in Israel. Some Bibles indicate this in their marginal references. Yahweh judges the judges.How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked (unjust judges; flesh-and-blood men). They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods (elohim); and all of you are children of the most High.
Even Moses was an "elohim.
Exodus 7:And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god (elohim) to Pharoah: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.
God made Moses an "elohim" to Pharoah.
In John 10, we find another reference to this:Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law (the Old Testament), I said, Ye are gods?
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines "god" as:The supreme being: Jehovah.
Thus, we can see deeper into the definition and historical usage of this word. The historical aspect is especially important because we’re considering its usage in our most ancient document: the Bible.
Now, when we ask the question, "IS JESUS GOD?" what are we really asking?Is Jesus called upon? Yes, He is. We call upon Jesus. When I pray, I call upon Him.
By this criteria, Jesus can certainly be considered a "god" – but, only if you have an adequate understanding of the meaning and Bible usage of the word. Otherwise, such a statement could lead you to the wrong conclusion.
Thus, from the evidence that we’ve found, we can say that Jesus is a god (i.e. one who is worshipped; a mighty one). However, that is quite different than saying that Jesus is Yahweh!
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